The Flower Kings is a Swedish progressive rock group. Formed in 1994 by veteran guitarist Roine Stolt as a touring band to support his solo album The Flower King, the band stayed together after the tour and have gone on to become one of the most prolific studio recording units in rock music of their era. In thirteen years they released nearly 18 hours of music spread over 11 albums. Their music is similar to early symphonic prog groups such as Yes, marked by sharp dynamic changes, polyrhythmics, heavy bass, vocal harmonies, abstract lyrics, and extended song lengths. Roine Stolt recorded also three albums with the supergroup Transatlantic, along with members of Dream Theater, Spock's Beard, and Marillion, in 2000, 2001, and 2009.
This Swedish group was born around 1994 as a power trio formed by Roine Stolt (Ex-Kaipa) on lead vocals, guitar, bass, and keyboards, Jaime Salazar (drums) and Hasse Fröberg on lead and backing vocals (ex-Samla Mammas Manna), with the participation of Hans Bruniusson on percussion and drums. This lineup worked with Stolt in his solo album The Flower King. They later added Roine's brother, Michael Stolt on bass and Tomas Bodin on keyboards for the supporting tour. Soon they decided to form a band using the name of the solo album, so The Flower Kings were born. Other contributors included Ulf Wallander on saxophone and Daniel Gildenlöw of Pain of Salvation on lead and backing vocals. Roine Stolt has written the vast majority of the material the band has recorded, with Tomas Bodin contributing most of the rest. The music is best described as symphonic prog rock, bearing a strong resemblance to the music of Yes, King Crimson, Gentle Giant, and early Genesis, with jazz fusion and blues influences. The band's lyrics are almost uniformly positive and uplifting. As most Swedish bands the quality of their music and the musicianship of their members is impeccable. In 1995 they released their first album Back in the World of Adventures which impressed the critics.
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